Smartbook

ARM CEO predicts netbooks 90% of PC market in coming years

ARM CEO predicts netbooks 90% of PC market in coming years

If you're the figurehead for a company then you have to be pretty confident about your products, but even with that in mind ARM chief executive Warren East is aiming high.  The outspoken CEO reckons ARM processors will take a big chunk out of the netbook market, a market which he predicts will eventually come to represent 90-percent of the PC industry.  In fact the one thing holding ARM chips back, East reckons, is the lack of Windows support for them.

Smartbook legal nonsense: Qualcomm reply

Smartbook legal nonsense: Qualcomm reply

Remember our odd partial-fax from the legal beagles of Germany firm Smartbook AG earlier this month?  The company had made a name for itself by attempting to dissuade bloggers and news sources - sometimes with threats of legal action - from using the term "smartbook", claiming it holds the trademark and would aggressively protect it from misuse.  We asked Qualcomm if they had anything to say on the matter, and their legal team has given us a statement.  Apparently, Smartbook AG haven't been quite as upfront as they might have been, and in fact the German courts have given them a spanking of their own over misrepresentation of their restraining order.

Smartbook trademark oddness rears its head again

Smartbook trademark oddness rears its head again

It's not too often the SlashGear fax machine creaks into life and starts churning through the thermal paper*, so imagine our delight when lawyers Wilde Rechtsanwalte got in touch earlier today.  Apparently they're the legal beavers of choice of Smartbook AG, the German firm who you may remember from November 2009's legal kerfuffle over the smartbook trademark; they wanted to point out to us that their client still holds the term in most of Western Europe, Australia, Singapore, South Korea and elsewhere.

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Lenovo Skylight design process arguably more interesting than smartbook itself

Lenovo Skylight design process arguably more interesting than smartbook itself

With the onslaught of gadgets, concept designs and prototypes at CES 2010, it's easy to forget that behind each is a design team slaving away to get things ready in time for the show.  Over at Lenovo's Design Matters blog they're unsurprisingly pretty keen on the Lenovo Skylight; however even if you're not a fan of the smartbook itself you'll probably be interested by the tale of how Richard Sapper - designer of the original ThinkPad - came up with the prototype (including a beautiful olive wood mockup) in just a few weeks time.

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Freescale Smartbook Tablet hands-on

Freescale Smartbook Tablet hands-on

Freescale were one of the first this week to announce a new tablet for CES 2010, and in their case it was a potentially sub-$200 Smartbook reference design based on their i.MX515 HD-capable chipset.  We caught up with Freescale - and the prototype - this morning; check out our first impressions after the cut, together with some hands-on video of the Smartbook tablet in action.

Video demo after the cut

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HP Snapdragon Smartbook tipped for CES 2010 reveal

HP Snapdragon Smartbook tipped for CES 2010 reveal

Looks like Lenovo's Skylight is going to have some competition, as early details of an HP and Qualcomm Smartbook collaboration are revealed.  According to the Qualcomm press release, the HP Smartbook will run Android and use the 1GHz Snapdragon QSD8250 chipset, along with 3G and WiFi for always-on connectivity.

Update: jkkmobile has shared a live shot of the HP Smartbook, and says he has video incoming:

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